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Old 12-12-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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My first tank...


Well I bought a Fluval Chi on a whim a few weeks ago not really knowing anything about anything because I am an impulse buyer.

I've done a lot of research since purchasing it and am using this tank/set-up as a learning lesson before I start my real planted tank in the future.

5 gal Fluval Chi
Half-moon Betta
3 Fancy tail guppies
Siamese Fox algae eater

I got the Betta, siamese fox algae eater, random plants, and the lace rock in the center of the tank from Arizona Nature Aquatics, and the guppies, moss ball and the plant growing out the rock are from Petsmart.

Thoughts on the Chi...

The pump sucks, the filter sucks, the lighting sucks. But most people already know that and it is getting the job done. I may take the stock pump/filter/lights out and put in an aquaclear 20 and better lights down the road; we'll see.

Oh yeah sorry about the crappy Iphone video.

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Old 12-12-2011, 02:22 AM   #2
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Looks nice! Did you use any cycled media in your filter? That's a lot of fish for that size of a tank and generally male Bettas and male Guppies don't get along so they may start ripping each others fins up till they kill each other.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:53 AM   #3
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Looks nice! Did you use any cycled media in your filter? That's a lot of fish for that size of a tank and generally male Bettas and male Guppies don't get along so they may start ripping each others fins up till they kill each other.
The betta followed the guppies around for a little bit when I released them into the tank but never showed any signs of aggression. After the first day he completely ignored them and still does. I've been keeping on eye out for signs of damage to their fins but they look perfectly fine.

Also, when I feed the betta with bloodworms, they sink down onto the moss ball and the guppies and betta swim down to it and eat off it together in close proximity to each other; the betta still doesn't seem to care they are there. I must have lucked out with its temperament.
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Did you use cycled media in the filter?
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:10 PM   #5
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Did you use cycled media in the filter?
Yeah and also used RO water from Arizona Nature Aquatics.
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great to see such a docile betta. I work at a LFS and yea stock pump and lights aren't the greatest so you may have to change them out later on. Good start though any plans on what kind of scape you want to pull off? plants?
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:28 AM   #7
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #8
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great to see such a docile betta. I work at a LFS and yea stock pump and lights aren't the greatest so you may have to change them out later on. Good start though any plans on what kind of scape you want to pull off? plants?
Hey man thanks for posting; I was just looking at your thread.

I'd like to do a tree similar to the one you have, only more "bonsai" looking. Not sure which moss I want to go with for the canopy either but I have plenty of time to research and think about it.

As for the stock filter, I am taking it out in the near future. Ordered an aquaclear 20 and new lights for it. In the mean time today I am going to do a water change with a gallon of RO water and rinse of the filter.

On another note I got a call from the GF yesterday afternoon saying she found the algae eater on the floor of the living room. Kind of bummed about it cause he did an awesome job cleaning up the floor of the tank. So I will be making a lid for it once I have the new pump/filter so I can make my cuts around it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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Nice looking tank! I've always wanted to go by ANA, my family lives in Tucson, I've checked out their website but never made it by!
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:52 PM   #10
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Damn I completely forgot about this.

My tank is completely different and somewhat awesome. Will update this thread tonight when I am back in town.

ANA is awesome though.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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Good job on the tank and beautiful guppies and betta
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:19 PM   #12
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Here is what it looks like now...

1 DT Betta
Fluval plant stratum
AQ20
Couple amanos
Couple otos
1 vampire shrimp







I dose with this


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